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Hemp Sunscreen – Prevent Skin Cancer and Protect Against UV

Hemp Sunscreen – Prevent Skin Cancer and Protect Against UV

Hemp-Based Sunscreen Essentials You Need Right Now

hemp suncreen

Summer is here, temperatures are rising, and you need to protect your skin. Every year, there are more new cases of skin cancer in the United States than breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer combined. Keeping your skin healthy especially under the sun is crucial to preventing skin cancer.

The market is stocked with hundreds of different kinds of sun protection products, but they’re all made using harmful chemicals which can double your risk for developing cancer and disease since these toxins go straight into your bloodstream when you apply it topically. However, there’s now the option of products using hemp-based that can protect your skin in and out of the sun.

Aside from the numerous uses of the cannabis’s cousin, hemp seed oil has proven to be effective in absorbing UV-B and UV-C ranges because it has a natural SPF rating of 6. The hemp plant alone has its own protection mechanisms from the sun, just like other plants do. This is why hemp seed oil is effective in deflecting the sun’s rays without affecting vitamin D absorption, since vitamin D has its own health benefits for the human body. Hemp seed oil is quickly gaining popularity for its numerous uses on hair, skin, and nails; plus using it won’t get you high. Since it’s derived from CBD, you can be sure that you’re also getting the anti-inflammatory properties that you need to prevent acne, soothe redness, and get rid of swelling – just some of the things we end up coming home with after traveling to a hot or humid location.


So before you pack for your next summer beach trip, here are 5 great hemp-based products to protect your skin from the sun:

  • Cannabios Hemp Sunscreen Sunblock SPF 50 contains organic hemp oil, olive oil, and rosemary oil to provide you with sunscreen protection while moisturizing your skin at the same time. Apply Cannabios sunscreen on your skin before you head out to the beach, and reapply especially after you get in the water or sweat.
  • Hempz Yuzu and Starfruit Herbal Moisturizing Dry Oil Body Spray SPF 30 is enriched with 100% pure natural hemp seed oil. This is the ideal product for those of you who prefer a lightweight dry oil that leaves no grease after application plus it has a delicious scent thanks to its yuzu and starfruit flavor. Hempz Yuzu and Starfruit Dry Oil can be used daily to help hydrate your skin while conditioning and offering sun exposure. Other ingredients include vitamin A, C, and E; coffee cherry extract, signature citrus fruit complex, and it’s free from parabens, gluten, and THC while being 100% vegan. It has 40 minutes of sun-resistance so don’t forget to reapply!
  • Pacific Beach Organics Hemp Sunscreen contains all organic ingredients and non-nano zinc oxide to offer effective protection from the sun. This product is USDA certified organic and Quality Assurance International Certified Organic. The shea butter content is a superfood for your skin, supplementing you with essential fatty acids, vitamins, andminerals. It also contains carrot skin oil that protects you from free radicals while rejuvenating and tightening the skin. Carrot see oil alone offers SPF protection ranging from 30-40. Other ingredients include red raspberry seed oil, beeswax, grapeseed oil, rosewood and lavender essential oils, vitamin E, and coconut oil.
  • Apothecanna Extra Strength-Relieving Crème works double time to moisturize your skin using natural anti-inflammatory extracts derived from plants. This product is idela for use after sun exposure, especially when you’re feeling the pain from a sun burn, or are generally traveling to a place with a dry climate. It contains peppermint, juniper, and arnica which provides quick relief from inflammation and pain. The peppermint also does wonders for its cooling properties. Refrigerate Apothecanna Extra-Strength Relieving Crème for an hour or two before applying to cool and soothe your sunburn.
  • Azida Moisturizing Sunscreen with Hemp Oil SPF 15 is a vegan-friendly product that provides your skin the healing and moisturizing properties of hemp while offering sun protection. Azida Moisturizing Sunscreen is light and non-greasy; ideal for everyday use or even for your next holiday. Other ingredients include aloe vera gel, purified water, rhattany extract, and carrot seed oil. This product contains no sulfates, parabens, synthetic waxes, artificial colors or preservatives, or strong fragrances.








Published at Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Allowing Medical Marijuana for Veterans

U.S. Senate Committee Approves Allowing Medical Marijuana for Veterans

The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment that allows Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where the medicine has been legalized.

The amendment was approved with a bipartisan 24 to 7 vote (with even a majority of Republicans voting in favor, 9 to 7); it’s attached to a larger spending bill that funds the VA. The amendment allows VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis to patients in states where its legal, changing current policy which prohibits “V.A. providers from completing forms seeking recommendations or opinions regarding a Veteran’s participation in a State marijuana program.”

Last year a similar amendment was passed by a 20 to 10 vote, following by a 233 to 189 vote in the House. However, the amendment was eventually removed from the larger bill it was attached to before becoming law.

According to Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), who introduced the amendment, it simply “allows the V.A. patients in states with medical marijuana programs to discuss that option with their V.A. doctor of physician”, something that is currently not allowed.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:42:17 +0000

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California Assembly Committee Votes Unanimously to Urge Federal Rescheduling of Marijuana

California Assembly Committee Votes Unanimously to Urge Federal Rescheduling of Marijuana

A joint resolution asking Congress to reschedule marijuana on the federal level has been passed unanimously by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

Senate Joint Resolution 5 was passed by the Assembly Public Safety Committee yesterday with a 7 to 0 vote. In April the resolution was given approval by the state’s full Senate with an overwhelming – though not quite unanimous – vote of 34 to 2.

The resolution “formally requests the United States Congress to pass a law to reschedule cannabis, marijuana, and its derivatives from a Schedule I drug, and for the President of the United States to sign such legislation”.

According to its legislative analysis, the resolution urges:

1) Congress of the United States to pass a law to reschedule marijuana or cannabis and its derivatives from a Schedule I drug to an alternative schedule, therefore allowing the legal research and development of marijuana or cannabis for medical use and allowing for the legal commerce of marijuana or cannabis so that businesses dealing with marijuana or cannabis can use traditional banks or financial institutions for their banking needs, which would result in providing a legal vehicle for those businesses to pay their taxes, including, but not limited to, payroll taxes, unsecured property taxes, and applicable taxes on the products sold in accordance with state and local laws.

2) President of the United States to sign such legislation.

3) The Secretary of the Senate to distribute copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, to each Senator and Representatives from California in the Congress of the United States, and to the author for appropriate distribution.

For the full text of Senate Joint Resolution 5, click here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:33:37 +0000

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Will this be the year Congress expands veterans' access to medical marijuana?

Will this be the year Congress expands veterans' access to medical marijuana?

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday amended must-pass legislation to add language expanding access to medical marijuana for military veterans.


The Veterans Equal Access Amendment to the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill would prohibit federal funds from interfering with a veteran’s ability to take part in medical marijuana programs approved by states where cannabis is legal. It would also allow Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors in those legal states to “make appropriate recommendations, fill out forms, or take steps to comply with such a program.” An identical amendment is expected to receive a vote in the house version of the bill later this year.

Both the House and Senate passed a similar amendment last year. But that provision, as the Military Times reported in June 2017, “disappeared mysteriously” from the final VA funding bill after Republicans removed it during a concurrence vote.

Whether the latest 24-to-7 vote in favor of the amendment is lip service or a sign of larger policy changes in the works remains to be seen.

The amendment has the support of powerful veterans organizations, including The American Legion. The nation’s largest veterans service group supports additional legislative steps to expedite its passage into law, said spokesman Joe Plenzler.

“The House and the Senate have attempted to do this over the past two years, yet each time the conference committee has failed to reconcile the language relating to this initiative,” he said. “The American Legion would like to see the language of this bill reconciled before submission so it doesn’t have to go to the committee.”

Other veterans’ cannabis advocacy groups, still bitter from last year’s outcome, are holding a hard line.

“It is my position that any member of the House or Senate who votes against this amendment is no friend of veterans,” said Roger Martin, founder of Grow for Vets USA, a Las Vegas-based non-profit that gives away medical cannabis to veterans.

Enthusiasm for the passage of this amendment is “muted” by the fact that the same language was stripped out of last year’s appropriation despite passing by impressive margins in both the House and the Senate, Martin said.

That sentiment was echoed by Sean Kiernan, president of Weed For Warriors, a California-based nonprofit educating vets on the benefits of medical marijuana.

“We have been here before, then magically the amendment disappeared in reconciliation after both the House and Senate had passed it,” he told The Cannabist. “Why should getting it out of appropriations (committee) give veterans hope?”

But Nick Etten, the founder and executive director of the Veterans Cannabis Project, said his organization took heart in the “strong action” taken by the senate appropriations committee.

“Healing from the wounds of war requires effective treatment options, and medical cannabis is a proven, safe and responsible choice for veterans,” he told The Cannabist.

There are nearly 19 million veterans, many of whom survived their service only to return to civilian life with battle scars seen and unseen. An increasing number of those vets — and the groups that support them — are demanding safe access to medical marijuana to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other physical and mental afflictions.

The VA has no position on the appropriations amendment, a spokesperson told The Cannabist.

The VA “is required to follow all federal laws regarding marijuana use,” the agency states on its website. That means the healthcare system’s clinicians cannot prescribe medical cannabis to their patients or complete any of the forms required for vets to take part in medical marijuana programs in states that have legalized it.

In his May “State of the VA” address, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin made the agency’s position clear. “Until the time that federal law changes,” he said, “we are not able to be able to prescribe medical marijuana for conditions that may be helpful.”

The Veterans Equal Access amendment is meaningful if only because it has the potential to remove the stigma surrounding medical marijuana, said Adam Foster, an attorney with Denver’s Hoban Law Group. Earlier this year he was part of a team that successfully lobbied to get PTSD listed as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Colorado.

“If veterans are getting treatment through the VA, we want them to be able to be honest with their VA doctor so they can get a comprehensive treatment plan that could include medical cannabis as well as pharmaceutical drugs,” he told The Cannabist. “That’s why we want VA doctors to become more educated about cannabis, the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis can compliment other drugs.”

The ability to be honest with their doctors about medical marijuana is also critical if those patients are to be weaned off addictive prescription drugs, he emphasized.

The risk of veterans dying by suicide is significantly higher than that of the adult civilian population, according to a recent report from the VA using 2014 data that shows as many as 20 military veterans take their own lives daily.

But Grow for Vets’ Martin previously told The Cannabist that the VA statistics don’t tell the whole story. He estimates that more than 1 million vets are currently taking opiates, most of which were obtained from VA facilities. As a result, he said, many veterans are dependent on pharmaceuticals and at a greater risk of overdose or suicide. He estimates that more than 50 vets a day die from prescription drug overdoses and suicide.

“This is but one more glaring example of how large pharmaceutical companies negatively influence our lives by stuffing billions of dollars into politicians’ election campaigns,” he said of legislators’ reticence to pass The Veterans Equal Access Amendment into law.

But attorney Foster remains optimistic that the arguments against medical marijuana are becoming less politically divided.

He points out that the new appropriations amendment was bipartisan, co-sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon). He also hailed bipartisan efforts to reclassify cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act.

Introduced in April by two Florida congressmen, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz and Democratic Rep. Darren Soto, House Bill 2020 would reclassify cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III, allowing for banking activities and creating a clearer path for research.

The American Legion also advocates rescheduling cannabis so that more research can be done on its potential medical benefits. Earlier this week, the group expressed its support of the legislation in a letter to Rep. Gaetz that was also shared with The Cannabist.

Rescheduling cannabis would enable medical research into the efficacy of cannabis in treating PTSD, TBI, chronic pain and other afflictions that veterans face every day as a result of their combat service, Charles E. Schmidt, American Legion National Commander wrote.

“With 90 percent of Americans supporting legalization of medical marijuana today, it is time for Congress to act so that scientists are free to conduct advanced research into cannabis and PTSD/TBI, and enable the American people to have a fact-based discussion about the therapeutic value of cannabis. The lives of our veterans depend on it.”


Published at Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:21:19 +0000

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Online Medical Marijuana Cards For DC, New York, and Maryland?

Online Medical Marijuana Cards For DC, New York, and Maryland? sits down with new startup OnePath Medical and how online cananbis cards are coming to the East Coast.

OnePath Medical

1.  How did OnePath Get Started and When?

OnePath Medical is a software platform that enables people on the East Coast to legally access medical marijuana in their state. The DC based startup was founded in the beginning of 2017. The founders of OnePath Medical, Joshua and Sam, were initially were trying to get their card in Washington DC and discovered how difficult it can be for people who aren’t familiar with the process.

“We are tech guys who discovered how complicated the process was and that it could use some automation and explanation. We started this company bring technology into the medical cannabis market and make life easier for people in our community like us.”

2.  Why did you decide to serve medical marijuana recommendations in the states of DC, New York, and Maryland.?  Why not California or Mass?  Why is telemedicine restricted to certain areas?

The legal medical marijuana industry has been very fruitful in most states on the West Coast, but seems to be moving very slowly on the East. In many states, such as California, basic ailments qualify you to get your medical marijuana card and help to keep people away from the black market.

In contract, states such as New Jersey, and Delaware have very strict guidelines for patients to get their cards. You’d have to be diagnosed with Cancer, HIV, other very serious illnesses. But where does that leave people who don’t have such severe illnesses but prefer alternative medicine over opioids to treat stomach aches, headaches, or trouble sleeping?

Well luckily there are some amazing states on the East Coast that are just as easy to get a medical marijuana card as in California and the west, but many people just don’t know it. States like DC, Maryland, and New York are not as strict as the others.

OnePath Medical got its start in Washington D.C. since the Nation’s Capital has a cannabis friendly market. OnePath has helped hundreds of patients in just a short amount of time obtain medical marijuana not only through their web-based software, but they link you to the dispensaries full circle all through the platform.

One challenge is that telemedicine (meeting with a doctor through video to get approved) is not allowed in every state. Sam and Joshua were aware of the hurdles and built in an option to book local in-office appointments for the states where telemedicine approvals are prohibited, so OnePath can operate in all 50 states once they allow medical cannabis.

3.  How long does the process take and what should a person expect as far as time and costs?

The process to get a card depends on which state they are in. The consultations are instant, but cards can come in the mail anywhere from one day up to 2 weeks.


4.  Do you recommend a dispensary once the person is approved?

Another thing that sets OnePath apart is that unlike other doctors who are finished with the patient once their recommendation is issued, they go further to recommend and connect you with a dispensary near you immediately after you are approved|. They’ve made a plethora of partnerships so a lot of time new patients who go through OnePath can receive exclusive deals.

5.  How old do you have to be to apply?

You can be approved if you are 18 years or older.

6. What conditions are covered in those 3 states?

There are a broad range of symptoms which qualify that the doctor will approve. Ultimately any debilitating, chronic, or severe condition that is ongoing such:

7.  How long is each doctor’s recommendation good for?

Your recommendation is good for one year.

8. Is it safe and secure, doing it online?

Yes. All OnePath Medical data is encrypted with SSL Certificates and housed in Industry Leading Data Protection servers. Your information is never shared with any third party and your medical records are maintained in a secure HIPAA compliant encrypted system. Your health insurance company, employer, or any other entity does not have access to your information. All our data is regularly backed up offsite, and secured against 256-bit encryption.








Published at Tue, 11 Jul 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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INDVR Lipstick and Mascara vape pens designed with discretion, not feminism, in mind (vaporizer review)

INDVR Lipstick and Mascara vape pens designed with discretion, not feminism, in mind (vaporizer review)

In a cloud of “Do you even vape, bro?” culture, a vaporizer aimed at women is a breath of fresh air.

The lipstick-toting portion of the population has been largely ignored by marijuana product specialization while the industry waits on concrete consumer data to figure out how many — and how — women consume cannabis.

But the writing is on the wall. One ongoing study by market research firm BDS Analytics reports women make up the majority of new consumers in Colorado and California. Meanwhile, a 2016 Gallup poll found that one in eight Americans consumes cannabis; if women comprise just one in four of those consumers, there are more than 10 million lady stoners in the country.

Cannabis is realizing a feminist revolution that, like it or not, is gendering previously non-gendered objects such as the vaporizer.

New Lipstick and Mascara vapes from Colorado-based INDVR are byproducts of this revolution. Their goal? To be hidden in plain sight. The company’s tagline proudly reads, “Sleek, stylish, stealth.” So, do these new vapes offer function to match their form factor?

INDVR Mascara vape (Lindsey Bartlett)
INDVR’s Mascara vape is designed to blend in with the contents of a makeup bag or purse. (Lindsey Bartlett, The Cannabist)

Betting big on stealth

Demand for recreational concentrates grew from 10 percent of sales in 2015 to 21 percent of sales in 2016 fueled in part by a desire for increased discretion, according to cannabis analytics firm New Frontier Data. INDVR is betting big on that desire with its lineup of three vapes sold under the “stealth” message: Elite pen (Executive pen style coming soon), Mascara and Lipstick.

The INDVR packaging is minimalist and the basics are included: one universal USB mini charger and a wall dock. All three of its vapes are sleek and smooth, made with heavy alloy steel topped in black matte. The Mascara and Lipstick retail for a reasonable at $60 each, while the Elite pen runs $80.

The Elite is the stealthiest of the three — it writes and almost looks like a Montblanc, except you can use the back end of it as a mouthpiece. Yes, sucking on the end of a pen looks weird and possibly dirty. But unlike the Mascara and Lipstick, you don’t need to take off the lid to hit it. During use, it’s 100 percent disguised as its intended object. Both of INDVR’s makeup-styled vapes look like regular ol’ vape pens when you remove the lids.

INVDR Lipstick vape with cartridge (Lindsey Bartlett, The Cannabist)
INVDR Lipstick vape with a cartridge installed and the lid off. (Lindsey Bartlett, The Cannabist)

And even with their lids on, each of these vapes could easily pass for objects other than makeup. While shopping on a few separate occasions at The Joint in North Denver, the dispensary owned by the entrepreneurs behind INDVR, I heard customers say that the Lipstick looked like a USB drive, a portable phone charger and even a vibrator. It’s a bit larger than a regular lipstick container and shaped weirdly enough to pass for many items that may be in your purse. The Mascara is a better match — the design is stretched longer and it has a gratifying weight in-hand. Be warned: It’s round and will roll off of any flat surface.

The outside appearance of these respective vapes is almost too generic to pass as makeup. The lack of logos and other branding are dead giveaways, but not evident to the untrained eye — i.e., dudes. In fact, the team behind these two makeup vapes are entirely made up of men.

When asked why they chose to create these two vapes for women, INDVR vice president PJ Rinker explained that the company saw a huge women-specific market going untouched.

The Lipstick and Mascara are aimed at the woman “who doesn’t necessarily want to proclaim that she’s a stoner but wants to have that ability to use the product any place, any time, without being ridiculed or thought of as anything less,” he said.

The company is garnering positive female feedback, Rinker said.

“Women love it,” he said. “They love the looks and they love that they can carry it in their clutch or purse and never get questions about it.”

Should you put it in your purse?

INDVR’s aim seems true. Still, the concept that a company owned by men would design these devices may not sit well with some feminist vapists. The implications of such a product are that makeup is all women care about or want, and that women would prefer cute vapes to those that work well.

While those implications are ever-so-slightly problematic, the mere development of these products hints at a positive cultural shift in acceptance of female smokers as more than just Instagram models or Dabbing Granny. Many professional women and cannabis consumers are goddamn pros who don’t have time to mess with sub-par vape pens.

The on-the-go woman may be willing to make sacrifices, though, and even a seasoned pro can find comfort behind the cover of INDVR’s Lipstick and Mascara vape pens. Drop one in your purse as a back-up when traveling, going to shows, or if you’re extra paranoid. Its best asset is indeed its stealth.

INDVR Mascara Vape with cartridge (Lindsey Bartlett, The Cannabist)
The INDVR Mascara with 510 cartridge ready to install. (Lindsey Bartlett, The Cannabist)

Hitting both the Lipstick and Mascara requires a long pull, one that stings slightly to the back of the throat, a feeling I’ve come to expect from even the cleanest of oil cartridges. A slow, long hit will reap plenty of vapor as reward, but it’s not a huge cougher. The initial taste is clean; the aftertaste lingers, and the sting can cause a bit of a scratchy throat if used heavily.

Both makeup vapes fit the standard 510 universal cartridge thread widely available at dispensaries. You’d be wise to buy a cartridge — including mouthpiece — that is short. For instance, O.pen Vape’s 510 cartridges have a longer mouthpiece, so while they fit in Lipstick and Mascara, their length makes it impossible to close the lid. The cartridge recommended by INDVR is sold in their dispensary and just two inches long. It is prefilled with 500 milligrams of oil and retails for $40 pre-tax. It’s worth getting the right sized cartridge for these incognito units, because the most satisfying aspects of these vapes is taking a drag, snapping on the magnet lid, and throwing it back in your bag.

Does the concept of needing to hide your vape come along with an underlying implication of shame? What do these products say about women who are cannabis consumers? Some might say the message is: “Hide who you are from the world in style, ladies. Sure you can smoke but keep it tight, keep it classy.”

There’s no need to wait for the consumer studies to figure out what women want. I can confirm that female vape consumers want the best product possible, regardless of aesthetic appeal and regardless of whether or not looks like something everybody else carries in their purse. Most women vapers I know choose function over form.

The INDVR Lipstick and Mascara vapes are fun, but they feel like female-focused products designed through the male gaze. Yes, each of these vapes provides a good rip in a rush, and either makes for a cool party trick. In the future when cannabis is normalized, we won’t have to hide our vapes in lipstick and mascara casings. Until then, you’re paying for peace of mind with these incognito vaporizers.

Lipstick and Mascara each retail for $60 and are available directly from

Gallery: INDVR Lipstick and Mascara

INDVR’s Mascara vape is designed to blend in with the contents of a makeup bag or purse. (Lindsey Bartlett, The Cannabist)


Published at Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:06:45 +0000

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Reparations for Drug War: Oakland to Give 50% of Marijuana Licenses to Those Most Effected

Reparations for Drug War: Oakland to Give 50% of Marijuana Licenses to Those Most Effected

Those convicted of marijuana-related charges, and those in neighborhoods that police have excessively targeted for drug crimes, will be given 50% of all marijuana business licenses distributed by the city.

Oakland’s city council has unanimously given approval to the Equity Permit Program. The new law mandates that half of all licenses for marijuana businesses be given to Oakland residents who have either been imprisoned for a cannabis crime in the past 10 years, or live in one of several specific neighborhoods that cops have been shown to aggressively and excessively target in an attempt to arrest drug users.

“Communities of color have been negatively and disproportionately impacted by disparate enforcement of cannabis laws,” states the ordinance’s WHEREAS section. It also notes that “individuals arrested or previously incarcerated fro cannabis related offenses face significant barriers to obtaining employment, financial aid, public housing, and other economic opportunities”.

“I believe it’s an attempt not to perpetuate some of the inequities we’ve seen here locally and also in other states,” says Greg Minor, assistant to Oakland’s city administrator.

According to Minor, the city’s application process will be revised by the end of the year..

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:59:13 +0000

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Op-ed: DEA position statement on CBD, hemp and Farm Bill “reckless and illegal”

Op-ed: DEA position statement on CBD, hemp and Farm Bill “reckless and illegal”

Editor’s note: As part of The Cannabist’s special report, “CBD, TBD,” on July 5 we published a statement by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration addressing its policy position on cannabidiol oil. The DEA referenced Charlotte’s Web, a trademarked hemp extract made by CW Hemp. The company’s CEO, Joel Stanley, reached out to The Cannabist to make a statement of his own.

In response to The Cannabist’s ongoing reporting on cannabidiol (CBD), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration this week released a reckless opinion statement that not only contradicts federal law — its very issuance is also illegal.

The DEA does not make laws, and the agency’s position is merely an opinion, one that, in this case, is actually illegal to enforce. But the statement itself violates the expressed intent of Congress.

The language given by the continuing Appropriations Act of 2017, Sec. 773, explicitly states that federal funds may not be used to:

…prohibit the transportation, processing, sale, or use of industrial hemp that is grown or cultivated in accordance with section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, within or outside the State in which the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated.

Therefore, the DEA statement itself — because it was made by a federal agency – is not lawful; it constitutes an illegal use of federal funds to prohibit “industrial hemp” that is federally compliant.

The opinions expressed by the DEA in the statement show that the agency is choosing which laws it would like to apply to hemp, CBD, and Charlotte’s Web. In doing so, it ignores laws written in the last few years in favor of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) written in 1971. This is an irresponsible position by a federal law enforcement agency, but even if the CSA were the only applicable statute, it still does not prohibit “hemp” or “CBD.”

Specifically addressing language in the DEA’s statement is important so that the public is aware that the opinion does not impact access to Charlotte’s Web and CBD products.

DEA: “At present, this material is being illegally produced and marketed in the United States in violation of two federal laws:  The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).”

Not true: In Sec. 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (a.k.a. the “Farm Bill”) the “Controlled Substances Act” and “any other Federal law” is specifically nonwithstood before defining “industrial hemp” and legalizing its domestic cultivation and marketing for the first time since 1937.

DEA: “Because it is illicitly produced by clandestine manufacturers, its actual content is uncertain and will vary depending on the source of the material.”

Because the statement specifically references Charlotte’s Web in the first sentence, it’s crucial to note that the Charlotte’s Web products are produced in an FDA registered laboratory that is independently certified for cGMP compliance, scoring 98.9% in a recent third party audit.

Furthermore, CW Hemp’s lab has been showcased on many national TV programs as well as online.  We have been and continue to be transparent with our customers, partners and regulatory bodies – in fact, we routinely host state officials at our lab.

DEA: “Because ‘Charlotte’s Web’/CBD oil is not an FDA-approved drug: It is a schedule I controlled substance under the CSA …”

Not true: The CSA does not contain the terms “Cannabidiol,” “Cannabinoids” or “Hemp.” In order for these terms to be included in the CSA and officially become law, it would take an act of Congress, passed by the House and Senate, and signed by the President.

DEA: “Because ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is reportedly being administered to pediatric research subjects, the potential dangers are even more pronounced, making compliance with the FDA (investigational New Drug) IND requirement even more crucial.”

Not true: The only research being conducted in the U.S. on Charlotte’s Web is “observational” in nature. This means that researchers are tracking data based on the voluntary use of Charlotte’s Web, at the sole discretion and lone decision of the user. This research is not in violation of the FDCA or any other law.

There are many neurologists in the US that want to study Charlotte’s Web in a clinical setting. However, due to the pharmaceutical monopoly on the movements of Washington D.C. and the FDA, Charlotte’s Web must be clinically researched in other countries.

DEA: “It is important to correct a misconception that some have about the effect of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (which some refer to as the ‘farm bill’) on the legal status of ‘Charlotte’s Web’/CBD oil.  Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 authorizes institutions of higher education (e.g., universities) and state Departments of Agriculture to grow and cultivate ‘industrial hemp’ (defined under the Act as marijuana with a THC content of 0.3 percent or less) for agricultural research purposes where permitted under state law. However, the Agricultural Act of 2014 does not permit such entities, or anyone else, to produce non-FDA-approved drug products made from cannabis.”

Not true: Charlotte’s Web, and many other domestic hemp products, are cultivated in full compliance with the Farm Bill, under appropriate licensing from respective state departments of agriculture in Colorado and Kentucky. Furthermore, according to the continuing Appropriations Acts of 2016 and 2017, it is the expressed intent of Congress that hemp cultivated in compliance with the Farm Bill be intended for “transportation, processing, and sale.”

It seems the DEA is trying to revert back to 2013, when hundreds of desperate families, failed by their governments and pharmaceuticals, uprooted their lives and moved to Colorado in order to access Charlotte’s Web.

There was once more than 15,000 people on the waiting list for Charlotte’s Web. Now, the hemp laws that ended that waiting list are under attack by this federal agency.

Charlotte’s Web is named after Charlotte Figi, a resilient and revolutionary little girl who was suffering from a treatment-resistant form of epilepsy. Close to death, experimental veterinary drugs were offered as a last option — but her parents preferred to bet on a moonshot.

What we didn’t know when we met Charlotte was that she would change not only our lives, but her bravery would also help thousands of families who now depend on plant-based products like Charlotte’s Web. In many cases, these options are often the final hope for children and adults who, like Charlotte, have exhausted pharmaceutical ones.

The DEA’s opinions are needlessly causing panic and fear amongst this challenged community. Never mind the impact on industry sales — or Charlotte’s Web sales, as the brand was specifically discriminated against in the statement. The potential consequences of its opinions for real families and medically fragile children could be devastating.

Charlotte’s Web is more than a brand or product. It’s a movement of people looking for better solutions that put daughters, sons, mothers, and fathers first; that connect serious science and the power of nature; that understand we are living in precarious times, but fearlessly believe everyone deserves quality of life. In that, our mission at CW Hemp is to protect a community whose members find themselves and their families on their last health option, one that can mean the difference between life and death.

The DEA repeatedly underestimates the resolve of these families and this community to stand up and proactively change laws when the well-being of loved ones is being threatened.

CW Hemp will continue to go above and beyond to remain compliant with federal and state laws. We continue to do so to ensure we remain in a position to fight this fight with all the families that deserve more options. Every day, we receive letters from families telling us they have their loved one back because of Charlotte’s Web, and we will not stop fighting for them. As long as we are able and justified by federal laws, we will continue to help as many people as we can.

Joel Stanley CW Hemp CEO
(Provided by CW Hemp)

Joel Stanley is CEO of Stanley Brothers, creators of Charlotte’s Web™


Published at Fri, 07 Jul 2017 22:29:11 +0000

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Cannabist Show: He created a new kind of cannabis extracts competition

Cannabist Show: He created a new kind of cannabis extracts competition

Featured guest: Gabe Fairorth, founder of the Clementine Challenge, a competitive cannabis extracts event.


•  Judging the best of the best in marijuana extracts, how elite hash-makers compete.

•  Sprouting careers: Starting with a job at a grow and finding a passion in chemistry.

•  Nevada started selling recreational cannabis for the first time. Some are surprised by how uneventful it was, others aren’t.


Nevada legal recreational marijuana sales launch: Nevada became the fifth state in the U.S. with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes, opening a market early Saturday that is eventually expected to outpace any other in the nation thanks to the millions of tourists who flock to Las Vegas. People began purchasing marijuana shortly after midnight, just months after voters approved legalization in November and marking the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales in the country. –Report by The Associated Press’ Regina Garcia Cano

People line up at the NuLeaf marijuana dispensary, Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Nevada dispensaries were legally allowed to sell recreational marijuana starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. (John Locher, The Associated Press)

Six things to know about Nevada marijuana: edibles, tourism impact, casino ban and more: Sin City has launched its latest legal vice. But it won’t be a free-for-all in the place where many tourists think anything goes. –Report by The Associated Press’ Regina Garcia Cano and Scott Sonner

Dubious publicity: Creator of Toker Poker accessory alarmed by drug bust’s matching code name: In the four years since they started selling an all-in-one smoker’s accessory — lighter sleeve, tamper and poker — Colorado entrepreneurs Matt and Leslie Bodenchuk were hitting their stride. Earlier this week, the married couple were securing prototypes for three new Toker Poker products and hashing out collaboration agreements with a few musical artists interested in hawking the branded smoking accessories at their shows. Grand Junction-based Toker Poker’s unabashed growth streak — of month-over-month and year-over-year sales gains — showed no signs of slowing.
Then came Wednesday. –Report by The Cannabist’s Alicia Wallace

Denver finalizes first-in-nation marijuana social use rules, dropping some restrictions: Denver’s plan to allow people to use marijuana at some businesses drew a step closer to reality Friday, when the city’s top licensing official unveiled final rules for the pilot program that is set to launch in coming months. Big questions remain: Will the newly adopted regulations for the first-in-the-nation “social use” program provide measured protection for patrons and neighbors of businesses that take part, as city officials say? Or are the rules for consumption areas so restrictive that few businesses and event organizers will want to bother? The exuberance that greeted the Nov. 8 passage of Initiative 300 — in which 54 percent of city voters directed officials to create a four-year pilot of the social marijuana consumption program — is now tempered among its chief supporters. –Report by The Denver Post’s Jon Murray


The Nevada Division of Tourism plans to integrate the topic of marijuana into its upcoming marketing research to determine whether — and to what extent — legal cannabis serves as a tourist draw, officials for the tourism office told The Cannabist earlier this week. “The results of that research will drive just how much we promote (marijuana’s) legality/availability here,” Bethany Drysdale, Nevada Division of Tourism’s chief communications officer, said via email. –Report by The Cannabist’s Alicia Wallace

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Published at Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:40:34 +0000

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Delaware Lawmakers Vote to Establish Marijuana Legalization Task Force

Delaware Lawmakers Vote to Establish Marijuana Legalization Task Force

Delaware’s full Assembly has voted to create a marijuana legalization task force.

The Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, approved by the Assembly on Saturday, is designed to “study adoption of a model for regulation and taxation of adult-use cannabis in Delaware, including local authority and control, consumer safety and substance abuse prevention, packaging and labeling requirements, impaired driving and other criminal law concerns, and taxation, revenue, and banking issues.”

The task force will consist of 23 members, with the first meeting planned for September. The group is required report its findings as well as recommendations to the Assembly and the governor by January 31, 2018.

“This is unchartered territory for The First State, and we want to make sure we are fully prepared to execute cannabis legalization safely and effectively,” says Representative Helene Keeley, who proposed the task force. “By studying the experiences of other states that have taxed and regulated cannabis, we will be able to learn from them.”

The task force will be chaired by Keeley and senator Margaret Rose Henry, along with 21 other members including:

•    a state senator and a state representative from the minority caucus, appointed by the Senate president and House speaker, respectively;
•    the Secretary of the Department of Finance;
•    the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control;
•    the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security;
•    the Director of the Division of Public Health;
•    the Director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health;
•    the State bank commissioner;
•    the Attorney General;
•    the Chief Defender, Office of Defense Services;
•    the Mayor of the City of Wilmington;
•    the Chair of the Medical Marijuana Oversight Committee;
•    a marijuana policy reform advocate and a medical marijuana industry representative, both appointed by the Governor;
•    a physician with experience recommending treatment with medical marijuana, appointed by the Medical Society of Delaware
•    the President of the Delaware League of Local Governments;
•    the Chair of the Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council;
•    the Chair of the Employer Advocacy Committee of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce;
•    a representative of AAA Mid-Atlantic; and
•    a pharmacist, appointed by the President of the Delaware Pharmacist Society.

“The General Assembly is ready to take a serious look at regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use,” says Maggie Ellinger-Locke, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project. “This is an opportunity for a variety of stakeholders to come together and examine every aspect of this issue. We hope it will pave the way for the General Assembly to adopt a more thoughtful approach to cannabis next session. Lawmakers can see the direction the country is moving on this issue and they know most Delaware voters support making marijuana legal for adults.”

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:02:45 +0000